Friday morning news brief, May 05 2017

Friday morning brief May 5 2017
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The countdown has begun for the launch of India’s “South Asia” satellite or GSAT-9. The satellite will be launched on board Isro’s rocket GSLV-F09. It would serve India and neighbouring countries through 12 Ku band transponders and has a mission life of 12 years. The launch is scheduled for 4.57pm. Read
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Private cable operators in Kashmir are freely carrying Pakistani and Saudi channels broadcasting radical content. Over 50 such channels, including Zakir Naik’s banned Peace TV preaching Salafist Islam, and others indulging in anti-India propaganda are being carried without clearances from the I&B ministry. Some state government offices too have been found to be subscribing to these services.
Centre will today come out with draft rules for a no-fly list to control unruly flyers from boarding aircraft. There might be provision for varying periods of grounding for such flyers, depending on how they conducted themselves on-board. Some identification- either Aadhaar or passport number- is likely to be made mandatory for booking, to prevent purchase of tickets under a false name.
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Crop-burning in northern India is down sharply in comparison to this time last year, Nasa images reveal. This has resulted in an improved air quality over the region. But farmers are demanding a compensation of Rs 2,000 per acre and eight-hour power supply to help prepare the fields through farm machinery, as an alternative to crop burning.
The US state department wants to review social media habits, email and phone numbers from some visa applicants. This would apply to those identified for extra scrutiny, such as ones who traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. The department estimates the rules would affect about 0.5 per cent of total US visa applicants, or roughly 65,000 people.
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